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new american security. we will talk with the u.s. import export bank on president obama's trip to latin america and what it means for u.s. trade. after that, we will discuss the implementation of the health care law. ♪ host: as president obama cut his latin america trip short, and returns to washington, the washington post reports that key nato allies have tentatively agreed to take the lead role. but none have officially signed on. other news out of the middle east -- the yemen president pledging to step down when your early has not satisfied opponents. help from saudi arabia is likely to be rejected. we will keep you updated throughout today's "washington journal." the nation's health-care law turned 1 years old today. we have a separate line set aside for health care .ractitioner i the new health care law -- it says, a loose federation of left-leaning groups have gathered to peddle the virtues of health care reform. it is like we have to world. the article says that in other words, the future is very uncertain right now. i would not give more than a 50- 50 chance that all
center to address e glacier melt in the andes. in addition, a new u.s.-chile business council will encourage coaboration between our countries and areas like energy efficiency and renewable technologies. our governments have agreed to share our experience in dealing with natural disasters, area where chile has enormous expertise which is critical to recovery and economic reconstruction. we discussed our shared commitment to expanding education exchanges among our students. we can learn from each other and bring our country even closer together. in my speech i will announce an ambitious new initiative to increase student exchanges between the u.s. and latin america, including chile. even as we deepen cooperation between our two countries, i want to take this opportunity to commend chile for the leadership role is increasingly playing across the americas. chile is a vital contributor to the un mission in haiti, where we agreed that yesterday's election is an opportunity to enhance recovery efforts. strong legislation will fight the scourge of human trafficking. mr. president, i
and the u.s. involvement. one of the headlines in "the washington times" -- "the rebels move towards tripoli." the baltimore sun" with libya facing questions. the public and congress question the u.s. involvement. in "the wall street journal" this morning "the u.s. will not back intervention." we continue our discussion with involving the u.s. and its involvement in the situation in libya, two words. coming up, "regime change." what should the u.s. mission be as the situation continues to develop in libya and whether or not regime change should be on that list. the numbers are -- host: if you have called in the last 30 days, send us a message electronically. the e-mail address is journal@c- span.org. among the items in the paper talking about u.s. and its involvement in the libyan situation is this op-ed piece by fred stevens in "the wall street journal." "bolivia mission was never about regime change -- the libyan mission was never about regime change." in this, he quotes gates. "the mission was never about regime change." the article goes on to say "does this mean the mission accomplished"
. 2011] >> the u.s. house meets today at 2:00 eastern for general speeches. legislative work starts at 4:00. members will consider bills designating dentists and vetenarian as emergency responders and disasters. tomorrow the congress will hear from the australian prime minister in a joint meeting. we'll have a live coverage of that at 11:00 eastern. on wednesday members begin kuwait on eliminating mortgage relief. transportation secretary ray lahood is on capitol hill this afternoon. he's testifying before the senate transportation committee. about his department's 2012 budget request. c-span3 will have live coverage beginning at 2:30 eastern. >> the new way to get a concise review of the day's events it's "washington today" on c-span radio. every week day we'll take you to capitol hill, the white house, and anywhere news is happening. we'll also talk with the experts, the politician mrs., and -- politicians, and the journalists. the stories that matter to you the most every week day on c-span radio. can you listen in the washington-baltimore area at 90.1 f.m. and nationwide on xm slight
for live coverage of the u.s. house. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. march 14, 2011. i hereby appoint the honorable john campbell to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 5, 2011, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour, and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 1:50 p.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, mr. duncan, for one minute. mr. duncan: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak on behalf of
force against yet another middle eastern country, this time it is oil rich libya. u.s. naval and air forces attacked libyan military installations across that country, wiping out air defenses, intelligence systems, tanks, and also apparently is now targeting that nation's ground forces. under what policy is the executive branch operating without a vote of congress and expending millions of defense dollars and state dollars on offensive action taken inside a nation that did nothing provocative toward the united states and in fact last year was even a recipient of u.s. foreign aid? the president's justification for this action was that it was not an act of war but rather humanitarian mission to prevent a catastrophe that would have result interested libya's military forces under the command of libyan president gaddafi from taking the civilian center. our president says he did not act alone. as french, british, canadian, and other western nato members participated in these attacks. the president informed congress that future operations will be handled by nato. who exactly decided all of
debated a resolution that would have removed the u.s. troops from afghanistan. the vote was 93-121. this 20 minute portion of the debate. >> i rise in strong opposition. it would undermine the everett of nation's security. insanity has been described as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. 3,000 people died on september 11 because we walked away once from afghanistan thinking that it didn't matter who controlled that country, we were wrong then, let us not make the same mistake twice. . as are as the undersecretary of testifies stated earlier this week, the threat emanating from the border of afghanistan and pakistan is not hypothetical. there is no other place in the world that contains such a concentration of senior al qaeda leaders and operational commanders. continue to allow these hostile organizations in this region -- to flourish in this region is to put the security of our friends and allies and the united states at great risk, end quote. to quit the area before we rooted out the terrorists would not only hand al qaeda a propaganda v
, david applegate of the u.s. geological survey will discuss the threat of earthquakes and other july 6 -- your logic hazards. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] host: good morning, friday, march 18. we will open up the phone lines for your comments today on the story that is most important to you. we will put the phone numbers on the screen right away. unfolding news about the u.n. security council and possible air strikes against libya, and continuing crises in japan and the budget story at home. the most significant new was story. we will go to your phone calls right away to hear what is most important to you in a week of unfolding big issues. we will go to the newspapers as we are waiting for your calls. as you can see, britain, france, and the united states are lined up for air strike against coffee -- gaddafi. it suggests in the newspapers the airplanes may well immediately. "the chicago tribune" tells us american officials expect the united states would do the heavy lifting in a campaign that may includ
. and in about 45 minutes, former u.s. comp then, political strategist maria cardona and john feehery and we will discuss the arab world with a former u.s. ambassador to morocco, marc ginsburg. on this channel, "washington journal" is next, live with your phone calls. later today, we will give you a brown paper -- roundtable that will include the mayor of boston, st. paul, the minnesota, green though, mississippi, and sacramento, california. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] host: the video on your screen is some of the latest footage on the air raids in libya, courtesy of the aljazeera network. with the president act in town, questions are being raised about u.s. policy and goals in libya. that is our discussion this morning on the "washington journal" as we go through the newspapers. what do you think? how is the president handling the libya conflict so far? 202 is the area code -- how do you think the president is handling the libyan conflict. yesterday speaker john boehner sent this letter to the president. speaker boehner list several questions he asks the question
marine in the theater has talked about the main problems, that only with u.s. direct involvement and substantial financial infusions of money -- the budget for a spans greater than the entire afghan gdp. when we leave, how will the afghan government pay for it? from his perspective, on the ground, almost entirely by u.s. supervision and u.s. financing. >> first of all, that does not give adequate credit to our afghan partners. marja, which was liberated less than a year ago, which took 4200 u.s. marines when we started, which is down now to 1600, they have been able to hold the district community council election. this is right after their great debate. it was neat stuff. this was them running this. there are 10 schools open now in marja. there were zero under the taliban. these are afghans teaching in the schools, not us. we may have to rebuild the schools, working to repair irrigation systems, the market's the use to sell exclusively illegal narcotics and weapons and explosives -- there are now about 15 markets that sell household goods, food, and clothing. these are the afghan
the effort to topple a dictatorship. with the u.s. currently involved in afghanistan, iraq, and providing large-scale humanitarian assistance in japan, it does not diminish." collins of maine said this. "i remain troubled that the president did not seek congressional consent in the absence of a national emergency. libya does not affect our country's vital interest." the president talked about who will lead and when. here is what he had to say. >> this transfer from the united states to nato will take place on wednesday. going forward, the lead in enforcing the no-fly zone and protecting civilians on the ground will transition to our allies and partners. i'm fully confident that our coalition will keep the pressure on gaddafi's remaining forces. in that effort, the united states will play a supporting role, including intelligence, logistical support, search and rescue assistance, and capabilities to jam regime communications. because of this transition to a broader nato-based coalition, the risk and cost of this operation to our military and to american taxpayers will be reduced significan
terrorist attacks on the united states all done by people other than afghans. outraged at continuing u.s. military occupation of predominantly muslim countries. that's not to justify what they do, but it is to clarify the condition that we have in afghanistan. for how long are we going to continue to dedicate hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives before we realize we can't win afghanistan militarily? at the end of the year, the administration and u.s. military leaders were touting peace talks to end the war with high level taliban leaders. these leaders turned out to be fake. a november, 2010 article in "the new york times" detailed joint u.s. an afghan negotiations with a man the u.s. claim was one of the most senior commanders in the taliban. according to "the new york times" the episode underscores the uncertain and even bizarre nature of the atmosphere in which afghan and american leaders search for ways to bring the war to an end. leaders of the taliban are believed to be hiding in pakistan, possibly with the assistance of the pakistani government, which receives bi
said in a potential intervention would come with regret. u.s. and allied forces meeting in paris to talk about potential military action. president obama said yesterday that the united states will take part in a no-flight effort. -- no-fly effort. we want to get your thoughts on the u.s. joined the no-fly effort. here is how you can contribute this morning. here iare the numbers at the bottom of your screen. the president announcing yesterday in a statement about the united states supporting a no-fly zone. this has been done by several allies. we will take a look at the headlines on "washington journal" this morning. mr. obama sketched out an american military role. -- rule. you have probably seen other headlines this morning as well. meetings are going on to talk about the strategy with the united states and other allied forces. the president made the statement yesterday about joining the no- fly zone effort. he spoke about what the united states will not do. here is what he had to say. >> i want to be clear about what we will not be doing. the united states is not going to depl
detention at guantanamo bay. the u.s. plans to resume trial by military commission. want to get your reaction to the news. here are the numbers to call. the front page news in a lot up the papers. here is "the washington post" version. we will read more from the headlines here and take your calls. a lot of reaction in the paper to the of guantanamo bay decision, but we will spend a couple of minutes on the phone first to get some new information, if we can come on the situation in libya. a reporterl soschem, from "the associated press." the new headline suggests that muammar gaddafi is looking for some sort of deal. is that correct or just p.r. from the other side, if you can call it that? guest: it is hard to say. what we're hearing is second- hand reports. apparently, according to the era of new stations, there have been offers to begin negotiations of some kind. apparently one of the conditions is that the rebels would lay down their arms and the negotiations would begin. in the past, the national transition council, which has been running the side of the country has said they wil
. in about 40 minutes, u.s. ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, speaks with reporters at the white house. and in about an hour, british prime minister david cameron on why his government's actions on libya. on "washington journal," we will talk about federal spending with democratic representative marcia fudge of ohio, and republican senator mark kirk of illinois. and then we will speak with an ambassador. "washington journal" is live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern. >> you are watching c-span bringing politics and public affairs. >> you are watching c-span, bringing you politics and public affairs. every morning it is "washington journal," our live call-in program about the news of the day, connecting you with elected officials, policymakers, and journalists. weekdays, watch live coverage of the u.s. house, and on weeknights, congressional hearings and policy forums. also supreme court oral arguments. on the weekends, you can see our signature interview programs. on saturdays, "the communicators," and on sundays, "newsmakers," "q&a," and prime minister's questions from the british house
about recent events in japan. he said u.s. officials do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the u.s. the president visited the japanese embassy to sign a condolence book for victims of last week's earthquake and tsunami. >> i will be making a statement later this afternoon. my main purpose for being here is to communicate how heartbroken the american people are over this tragedy. we are doing everything we can to stand by our great friend and ally, japan. our deepest sympathies, or thoughts and prayers are with the families. we feel a great urgency to provide assistance to those who have been displaced from their homes, who are suffering enormously at this moment. as i said on the first day of the tragedy, i am confident that japan will rebuild. it has people who are strong and resilient, who are dedicated to their country, who are brilliant. as difficult as this time is up, i am confident that japan will emerge even stronger than before. >> [unintelligible] >> i am will discuss that this afternoon. >> thank you very much. >> after visiting the japanese embassy in washington
on the ground were the clearest indication that intensive air strikes carried out by the u.s., french and naval assets over the past week have softened up the libyan military considerably. meanwhile, the front page of " the new york times" - below the fold in the new york times, there's a story on the event recovered live on c-span yesterday. this is prompting us to ask republicans to define what will define the gop primary. with that, republicans only -- 202 the area code. our first call is from ardmore, oklahoma. caller: good morning. i believe the people of united states, their first concern is the economy. another thing we have to be concerned about is full disclosure. in this administration under obama, there has never been such hit in things. he spends money like going to brazil and giving out this money. they owe us tons of money. under the clinton years clinton lent them $100 billion. it goes on and on and on. when did congress lose the power of the purse? the other thing which is the greatest thing in our nation is we have to come back to god and of this nation repents if my people cal
at no expense to the u.s. taxpayer. this bill, which passed the house by voice vote last congress, commemorates the creation of a unique form of service that creates peace through people-to-people diplomacy. it doesn't cost the taxpayers a single pennyism urge my congressional colleagues to honor america's commitment to peace by having swift passage of this timely legislation. today as we mark this significant milestone in america's history, i urge each of you to join me in honoring your constituents who have served in and are supporting the peace corps funding so that we can usher in the next generation of americans who want to serve this country. i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. murphy. mr. murphy: mr. speaker, currently u.s. families spend about $1 billion per day on imported oil. we import about 1.6 billion barrels from politically unstable nations with corresponding instability in prices. which influence our dollars, our economy, and sometimes our soldiers having to look at defending these areas. now,
, commander, u.s. forces afghanistan, stated, quote, i can understand the frustration. we have been at this for 10 years. we have spent an enormous amount of energy and money. we have sustained very tough losses and difficult, life-changing wounds. but i think it is important to remember why we are there, end quote. this is about our vital national security interests, mr. speaker. it is about doing what is necessary to ensure that al qaeda and other extremists cannot re-establish safe havens such as the ones they had in afghanistan when the 9/11 attacks were planned against our nation and our people. the enemy indeed is on the run. it is demoralized and divided. let us not give up now. let us not betray the sacrifices of our men and women serving in harm's way and they ask for nothing in return except our full support. dedicated servants such as my stepton and daughter-in-law lindsay, who served in iraq, and lindsay also served in afghanistan, dedicated servants such as matt and greg of our foreign affairs committee the majority staff who just returned from serving a year and we tha
of 2011. last month's "u.s.a."/gallup poll, 72% of americans favor congressional action this year to bring our troops home from afghanistan. this week, the rasmussen report finds that 52% of voters want our troops home from afghanistan this year. and to quote this poll, a majority of voters for the first time support an immediate withdrawal of all u.s. troops from afghanistan or the creation of a timetable to bring them all home within a year. 14 months ago i asked a retired military general to advise me on afghanistan. i have asked him for his thoughts, and i will read some of them to you. back in november i emailed this general and i said, what do you think about the possibilities of being in afghanistan for four more years? and, mr. speaker, i am going to read his quote. i do not believe that 40 more years would guarantee victory, whatever that is. the war is costing money and lives all in short supply. mr. speaker, there's a retired lieutenant colonel in jacksonville, north carolina, which is in my district. he served in the united states marine corps for 31 years. his name is dennis a
that they comply with the u.s. -- with the security council mandate. >> so are you just watching them as proof -- are you watching them? >> we are conducting a wide range of operations across libya. i will not talk about the specifics. certainly the 32nd brigade is always considered in the calculation on how we expand the no-fly zone and how we conduct operations in the future. >> can you give us your assessment as of now of the libyan air forces? how many fixed wing and helicopters have you destroyed and will you try to destroy as much capability as possible before you get to the point where you can get the no-fly zone where you want it? >> well, when we began this, my estimation is that his air force is not generally in good repair compared to what you would consider most world standards for air forces. he had a lot of equipment that was old, much of it was sitting parked in the runways and it could not be used. he was effectively employing a tactical air force, a helicopter air force i would say on the order of several dozen rather than large numbers. when we began the coalition strikes, on
of change. that is very troubling. i think there are a lot of smart, smart people in the u.s. who could solve the financial problems. i think it is a travesty that none have been elected in congress. as a result, the people you put in congress spent $14 trillion we do not have as a nation. as a result, every single tax dollar that your audience sense of the u.s. government, 40% of that, 40 cents out of every tax dollar, is going to pay for interest. i think your programming of to be targeted on helping people understand -- got to be targeted on helping people understand what a difficult problem the nation is in because of the debt. and they need to take bold action. groveling over 6 billion, $10 billion is just a ridiculous conversation at this point in time. i think we need to tackle the big issues and i think you as the media need to help people understand and discuss it. that is my comment. host: thank you for the call. the 5% benchmark one of the earlier view was put on the table. from our twitter page, another of you were saying -- viewer saying -- gary locke, expected to be new am
at u.s. the. it is the fact what we proposed was broadening the base, simple phiing the code, eliminating or greatly reducing these tax expenditures. bring down rates, and using some money to truce deficit. we went to what's called a zero-based plan. and if you eliminate all these $1.1 trillion worth of tax expend chures. i call them ear marks. you-all have been so bold to get rid of the -- but we have $1.is trillion we're spending in the tax code. it's just spending by another name. but if you eliminated those, you could actually take rates from 8% and 14% up to 210,000 so . you can go to a territorial system that will bring those trillions of dollars back to the country that are captured overseas and bring them back over here. lastly, we do have to cut spending. and we have to cut spending wherever we find it. we can't just deal with domestic discretionary spending. you know, the democrats, as near as i can tell from reading a paper, are talking about the cut. and the republicans are talking about billions in cuts. i can account my budget 1.6% tonight. by tomorrow morning.
at the options. we will take a look of the, a few moments. should the u.s. open the oil reserves? should there be a marker of a gas price? should there be another way where that decision is made? let's go to michael on the line for independents. good morning. caller: yes, good morning. you have a great show. i have knowledge of the oil reserves. canada, 31% of u.s. oil. mexico, 28%. nigeria and venezuela, 16% each. arab world is only 4%. the oil reserves were bought during the bush administration under the iraq war clause. when president clinton went out just 20% of the oil reserves bought by bush, sr., oil fell 2/3. if he lets out just the oil glut in the iraq war, oil should be down around $40 per barrel. thank you very much. have a great day. host: lou, a republican in topeka, kansas. good morning. caller: good morning. i think it would be a great big mistake to open the oil reserves. host: how come? caller: for one thing, there's not enough to make a long-term this in our problem. we are gluttons when it comes to consuming energy. that will just satisfy somebody politically for a sho
they are expanding output -- china has become a large export market for u.s. markets so that is not all in the negative. i would emphasize a long run energy policy so that we're not having this conversation every summer. we know that in the summer the demand -- that in the summer, demand goes up. we are having the same conversation again and again, year after year. whether energy efficiency, domestic production, or other energy policies to alternative fuels, it is important that we think those three. price of fuel is one risk. financial problems in europe remain a concern. a year ago, it felt we were getting momentum. the events in greece and some of these spooked financial markets, much like it does, so we continue to monitor the events in europe. third, the housing market remains in the dumps. there are maybe 5 million vacant homes, so i think it seems unlikely that with the reserve army of unemployed homes that it will become rebounding rapidly in the near future. that said, the impact of the housing sector on gdp growth, a major negative drag in 2008 and 2009, its impact on gdp grow
stopped buying our debt? what happens to interest rates? what happens to the u.s. economy? in the markets will absolutely devastate us if we do not step up to this problem. the problem is real, the solutions are painful, and we have to act. >> alan, do you want to add to that? >> i would just a -- i know it is repetitive, if you can understand hear what the people of america as we travel around and we do stuff. we go to the business council, we go to the conservative group in dallas, the economic club of new york, and wherever we go, people get it. then we tell them that if they just go to the internet and to go www.fiscalcommision.gov, it is 67 pages. if we leave that out they will never read it. it was not written for patents or politicians or panderers, it was written for the american people. it uses terms like "groing broke" and "shared sacrifice." there has never been any sacrifice required of the american people since world war ii except for our military, and god bless them, and they chose to do it. they are volunteers. so when somebody says, you cannot use that word. well, the amer
president william millar. frank gaffney talks about the u.s. response to the civil war in libya. and a look at the problem of bullying in schools with francisco negron of the national school board association. >> video this morning courtesy of al-jazeera. this is the nuclear reactor in japan. according to the associated press, an explosion there destroyed a building housing the reactor. and also there are fears that it could melt down after being hit by the earthquake and tsunami there in japan. again, those reports saying that large amounts of radiation were coming out in the evacuation around the plant expanded. but officials didn't know how dangerous at this time the leak was to people. again that courtesy there from al-jazeera this morning of the plant. now, in related use, there are also reports this morning as far as those who are affected, 1,300 dead, 2,000 people in emergency shelters. as you see there, people waiting on top of buildings to be rescued by various means this morning. this courtesy of n.h.k. and also there and 50,000 emergency crews. we registered in findin
to the u.s. government $125 billion in the last two years of profits. of course i want to emphasize that was not the purpose of the interventions. >> we'll not do it again. >> we are not doing it again. but we have i think managed at least well enough that the taxpayer can feel that they have gotten at least in this respect they have gotten their money back. >> thank you. ranking member. mr. paul. chairman of the monetary policy subcommittee. >> thank you, mr. chairman. let me just say a word about the deficit. the spending and deficit was a concern of mine in the early 1970's because i foresaw that after the breakdown of the branton woods we would have endless spending, deficits, financial bubbles and we have had that. as to whether or not we have military cane seism -- keynesianism, we do. i reject that as well as domestic moln -- domestic monetary canes yism. -- keynesianism. congress is at fault. they spend too much money. congress at times will say the fed's at fault. the congress and the fed are symbiotic, they have a symbiotic relationship because the congress spends and they
in which what he did for a living was being one of the best if not the single best advocate before the u.s. supreme court. so he made his mark as a professional, figuring out how to come up with an argument that five justices would agree with and i think that brings them to the chief justiceship within extraordinarily well developed skill set that i think over time will make him an extremely influential chief justice. okay, what are we turn now to some of the cases they work has heard this term and decided. last week the court issued a decision that i know has disturbed a lot of people in the country and it involves a group of people engaging in a very hateful ugly protest at the funeral of a soldier who was slain in iraq and by one vote the court held that these people were shielded from tort liability in a suit brought to the father for the attention of infliction of emotional distress. walter what were the courts thinking there? >> this case involves marine lance corporal snyder who was killed in the line of duty in iraq. his father selected the catholic church in their hometown of west
sun and the adequacy of whether we plan for evacuations. they could increase. in the u.s., there are only requirements to evacuate within 10 miles. our recommendation would be to reevaluate the current emergency planning. they could interview with the execution of the plans. i apologize for being long winded. >> you are so good at this. >> there are many safety margins have been reduced. we have many examples that we think could be immediately it there. >> would you send me the entire list. how many are within 50 miles of the plants? do you know how many? >> i do not. i am shocked that no one seems to know this. we ought to have this at the tip of our fingers. i keep coming back to this. and probably boring you. there are certain things we absolutely know now. to nobody predicted a 9.0. it is built to withstand a 7.0. i have two plants on earthquake faults or near them. we have been warned by our state geologists that they are new. if the build for nine plan five, we would have not be here. that is the first thing. that's fine? how many of these are there. it seems that t
. nato officially took over command of all air operations over libya from the u.s. the labor department releases weekly figures today on unemployment benefits. that release comes ahead of the big monthly report on the jobs market. finally, a new study says the cost of health care for retirees has gone down. the steady says that a 65-year- old couple retiring this year will need about $230,000 to cover medical expenses. last year, they would've needed $250,000. fidelity expects the projection to resume its upward trend. those are some of the latest headlines on c-span radio. >> for more than four decades, the libyan people have been ruled by a tyrant, muammar gaddafi. he has denied his people's freedom, exploited their wealth, murdered opponents at home and abroad, and terrorized innocent people around the world. >> follow what leaders are saying about libya and how the process unfolded from the house and senate floor and from author leaders around the world, all online on the c-span video library. follow c-span on twitter. it is the fastest way to get updates as well as links to evens t
, your way. >> general david petraeus commands u.s. forces in afghanistan and will be on capitol hill tomorrow to give his assessment on the security situation in afghanistan. the u.s. is scheduled to begin withdrawing forces this summer from that country. live coverage from the senate armed services committee at 9:30 a.m. eastern on c-span3. later, the assistant secretary of the navy for energy and the environment will testify about u.s. military operations in the pacific, including japan. live coverage from the house armed services subcommittee on readiness starts at 2:00 p.m. eastern. now, discussion on u.s. public transportation policy. deputy transportation secretary discusses the obama administration's transportation budget priorities for next year. we'll also hear from an ohio congressman and an oregon congressman. the american public transportation association hosted this conference. >> good morning. you can do better than that. good morning. i think we are almost there. if you could take your seats, we would like to get this morning's opening session underway. good morning ag
say that anybody could come to the united states, all you have to do is sign up at the u.s. council in your u.s. embassy in your home country. and we'll send you, we'll give you a visa to come to the united states. we can say. that we could bring anybody in that wanted to come in. but why do we say no? because there's a limit. we have asked the question here in this congress and in previous congresses, asked and answered the question, first, how many are too many? and what kind of people do we want to encourage to come here and what kind of people do we want to discourage from coming here? these are the questions. we have all kinds of people involved in this debate that don't have the slightest idea how to begin to answer those questions. they just say, oh, my compassion compels me to be for open borders, my heart bleeds for people that aren't as fortunate as americans are so therefore i'm just going to be for turning a blind eye or granting amnesty so that i don't feel guilty that everybody can't live on the american dream like we all do. well, things have changed. things have chan
: good morning. my name is john. i am a u.s. navy veteran. i ever present all veterans -- in a what, we have to stop giving these people so much attention, ok? and then they hide behind god and all of his laws. stop being phony, ok? i live my life. i did not hurt anybody, ok, and i can never going to hurt anybody. in a what? what a shame? host: if you could hold on for just a second. we will let john finish. caller: one minute, please. it is a shame our politicians to not have enough common sense that they cannot come up with a law that will prevent these idiot people from protesting against people who died for the preservation of what they get to do to begin with. if it's kotite in the first amended to this argument. -- tie in the first amendment. caller: i understand freedom of speech is first amendment. i cannot come over here and say you are a horrible person and use all kinds of language and expect not have any consequence. that is what the westboro church -- they need to have consequences. and i prayed to god that god brings the wrath right down on them and hope some sick. in this
at 12:18 pm we are waiting for this big earthquake, resulting in a tsunami, to hit u.s. shores momentarily. we will keep you posted. we have about 10 minutes left with congressmen kevin yoder. henry is a democrat. you are on the air. caller: kevin, i would like for you, if you are really serious about doing something about the budget, first of all, i would like you to take some leadership and introduce a bill that would, of course, cut or make sure that congress pays for more of their medical, make sure the congress takes a pay cut, introduce a bill that will cut subsidies to all states for every dollar that each state sends to the federal government. they should get a dollar back. there are no states that should have any kind of an advantage over another state. the republicans do not like government. then cut all of your government contracts. do not accept any more than your state sends in federal dollars. go to the 400 richest people who have more than 155 million people in this country in wealth and ask them to pay their fair share of the taxes. if you are not just trying to
the board decreases of delinquencies in the u.s. moreover, loans over 30 days late are down. the short refinance option, which the republicans are trying to eliminate, we have begun to stabilize the housing market. these numbers could he inside with signs of recovery -- coinside with signs of recovery. mortgages worth more than their homes can refinance through a more affordable mortgage. this program allows lenders to write down at least 10% of the outstanding principal to bring payments down to affordable levels. according to core logic december of last year, more than 10% were underwater. we're no stranger to that in boulder county, colorado. this imposes hardships in our economy. we cannot risk another housing crisis and banking crisis by removing programs that help keep families in their home and keep the homes out of foreclosure. my friends on the other side of the aisle will argue that this program is fallen short of its original goals. i agree that this program is not perfect. instead of scrapping it entirely we should build on success and figure out how best to resolve the hou
of the u.s. debate in part of the transfers to the transitional council? >> we haven't made a decision about arming the rebels or arms transfers, so there has not been any need to discuss that at this point. we did discuss nonlethal assistance and discussed ways of trying to enable the transition national council to meet a lot of their financial needs and how we could do that through the international community, given the challenges that sanctions pose, but recognizing they obviously are going to need funds to keep themselves going. we discussed a broad range of matters and certainly their presentation, which some of you may have seen earlier today as to what kind of civil society and political structure they are trying to build until libya, are exactly in line with what they have consistently said were their goals, their commitment to democracy and to a very robust engagement with people from across the spectrum of libyans is, i think, appropriate. we do not have any specific information about specific individuals from any organization who are part of this, but, of course, we are gett
for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 230, the -- e speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 241, the nays are 179 the previous -- are 179. the previous question is ordered. the question is on the adoption of the resolion. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the preponderance of the chair, the ayes have it. >> mr. speaker, on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes bylectronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the nationalaptioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of reprentatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 251. the nays are 170. once again on this vote teas are 25
, mr. speaker, and my colleagues, that's not what american, good old u.s.a. medicine is all about. it's time, quality time spent with that doctor and maybe no prescriptions. and i yield back. ms. hayworth: it is precisely and thank you precisely the point that i'm agreeing on with you and we have all been driven to philosophically, we need to have solutions that empower our doctors, our patients and our providers to do all of them, to have the best and to do the best and consumer-based solutions are possible. our doctor's caucus is working hard on providing those ideas, real liability reform, which has to be part of this. we cannot possibly continue as we have been. that was a glarring omission from the a.c.a. but in addition, we need to recognize and appreciate and act upon the knowledge that our medical care can cost less. we do need to pay teaning to costs, but we need to pay attention to our doctors, providers, to use their best judgment, not empower something like the independent payment advisory board to make those decisions for us. that is a very dangerous thing and something t
or five others. there is one in china that alarms and that list. the u.s. is way ahead and that and that took many, many decades to develop that. it is a combination of our very best students who have done well and smart people from all over the world who have wanted to come to these universities, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. our net imports i ofq into this country has been a huge advantage. there is no other country that has had that. that is not quite as powerful in some ways. we make it hard sometimes for those people either to come in or stay. it is still a mind-blowing pingree we need to double down on that. -- it is still in mind blowing thing. we need to double down on that. is that element of support going to be there for those institutions? whenever people tell you about the overseas school systems that are very good, take it with the grain of salt. there is a temptation for them to tell you about the part that is good and not tell you about the full story. it is hard to run a good education system. nobody has a perfect education system and th
is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: on this this 242, the nays are 177. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? mr. hensarling: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent in the engrossment of h.r. 830 the clerk be authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation and cross references and to make such other technical and conforming changes as may be necessary to accurately reflect the actions of the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute for the purpose of making an announcement to our colleagues. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. dreier: meeb, the committee on rules is scheduled to meet on tuesday, march 15, at 3:00 p.m. to grant a rule which may limit the amendment process for consideration of h.r. 839, the hamp termination act of 2011, and h.r. 861, the nsp termination act
the u.s. treasury and department of housing and urban development for combating foreclosure and programs and has been a costly failure. headlines around the country agree, a recent "washington times" article said that obama helping hard -- obama's hand -- obama's helping hand hoodwinks homeowners. mortgage assistance can be worse than nothing. we must help programs that have hurt so many homeowners. unfortunately, programs like hamp were set up in haste and have done little to restore stability in the market. we need to stop funding programs that don't work with money that we don'thave. out-of-control federal spending is hurting our economic recovery. our nation faces a $14.2 trillion national debt and economists agree that reducing government spending will create more favorable environment for private sector job growth. that's exactly what unemployed americans and homeowners need, a ob and a paycheck, not a handout or other fail government program. i reserve the balance of my time. . the chair: the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. frank is recognized. mr. frank: i yield three minutes t
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